Southern Nevada caucus to hold final pre-legislative meeting

After more than a year of meetings, a coalition of elected and busienss leaders from Southern Nevada will meet Friday morning to finalize priorities for Session '15.

In all my years of covering politics and the endless stream of sectional rhetoric, I don't recall this much sustained organization, this "Southern Nevada Forum" effort organized by Marilyn Kirkpatrick, the presumed speaker turned minority leader. The question remains, though: The South has all of the legislative leaders and supermajorities in both houses, but can the delegation hold together, achieve what it wants without fanning North/South flames and enlist support from a governor from the other end of the state?

The agenda for today's meeting at Las Vegas City Hall -- 200 (!) people RSVP'd -- climaxes with discussions of key priorities -- bills already drafted or in the works:

►Economic development

Governance reform

Health care

Higher education

K-12 education

Transportation and infrastructure

So what are the specifics? The group now has a site, which has the expected items (i.e. a med school) and a way for people to get involved to create grass-roots support through the session. But can this be sustained?

As with all sessions, before they start, I am skeptical but hopeful.